Natural History Society of Maryland:
Exploring & Preserving Maryland's Natural Treasures


Upcoming events

    • 22 Jul 2017
    • 7:00 PM
    • 23 Jul 2017
    • 11:00 AM


    Has 46,560 acres. In eastern Allegany County, about 22 miles east of Cumberland, Exit 64 look for M.V. Smith Rd. off of Interstate 68

    There are 100 designated primitive campsites dispersed throughout Green Ridge State Forest that are available to visitors throughout the year by permit. Campers must register for the campsite at the Green Ridge Headquarters prior to occupying the site. Self registration is available outside the office when the office is closed. There is a $10 per night permit fee for camping for up to six people and $1 for each additional person is required. Primitive camping at Green Ridge has a picnic table and a fire ring and no other amenities or plumbing. We urge our visitors to practice the “leave no trace ethic” as they enjoy a primitive and remote camping experience. Maps, guides and backcountry permits are available at the forest headquarters. Never keep food in your tent!


    From Baltimore beltway Take I-70W to I-68 W.

    Go through Sidling Hill.

    Look for exit 64, M.V. Smith Road. Exit onto M.V. Smith Road and look for signs for Green Ridge State Forest. In the parking lot look for a kiosk where you register for your campsite by completing a form and placing it, and payment, in an envelope provided, into the payment box.  Chances are a ranger will NOT be there but you must pay anyway.

    See chart/map on the wall. We usually get campsites #81, #82, or #83 on Mountain Road.  


    Drive back to 68 east and double back to Orleans Road. Take Orleans Road south until you can take a right onto Mountain Road. Mountain Road is a dirt/gravel road. Continue on Mountain Road past Yonkers Bottom and Dicks Ridge until you see signs for campsites #81, #82, or #83.

    Nick, Joe and Tim will be there Saturday and leave Sunday. 

    Tim’s cell phone number is 410-227-5124 


    As the sun sets the mercury vapor light will be set up and begin drawing in moths and creatures of the night.  Learn which moths emerge early in the evening and which ones prefer later.

    $5.00 fee for NHSM Lep Club members/$10.00 fee for non members


    Please bring food, water, flashlight and camping gear. We will set up a mercury vapor lamp on Mountain Road. You are responsible for cooking and camping. 

    No restrooms or running water are available.

    Some cell phones work at the campsite and some do not. Usually all cell phones work on highway 68 and 70.

    Tim’s cell phone number is 410-227-5124

    • 29 Jul 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Banneker Historical Park & Museum - Conference Room at 300 Oella Ave, Catonsville, MD

    If mosses intrigue you when you hike but you wonder exactly what you are seeing, this is your chance to figure it out in a fun environment. On the last Saturday of each month, we'll take a closer look at a moss or two and work together to identify them. We'll introduce you to the vocabulary and work through moss keys together. A walk down your street will never be the same!

    • 06 Aug 2017
    • 9:00 AM
    • Cromwell Valley Park - Willow Grove Nature Center 2175 Cromwell Bridge Road, Parkville, MD

    Wild edibles offer a variety of health benefits to you and add unique flavors and textures to your meals. Join Nick Spero for a walk to learn about wild edibles available in the summer. He’ll show you the plants you can pick and nibble along the way, as well as those that you need to bring home to prepare for a meal. You will also learn how to forage in a safe and sustainable manner.

    Chanterelle mushrooms should be peaking around this date and Nick will instruct you on their identification.

    Cost: $15 per person. You must prepay to attend. Follow the link below or cut and paste address into the address bar on your computer.

    Nick Spero loves to hunt and fish, and primitive technology has piqued his interest since he was a child. 

    Nick's cell phone number is 410-371-7223

Past events

08 Jul 2017 Wild Edible Field Trip with Nick Spero
25 Jun 2017 Nature Connections: Life of the Chesapeake Bay
24 Jun 2017 June 24 Lep Club campout at Green Ridge State Forest
24 Jun 2017 Moss Workshop
17 Jun 2017 NHSM Lep Club: Moths and Creatures of the Night
17 Jun 2017 Maryland Entomological Society Field Trip
16 Jun 2017 Central Chapter of the Archaeological Society of Maryland, Inc. June Meeting
11 Jun 2017 Nature Connections: Preparing Wild Edibles
27 May 2017 Moss Workshop
25 Mar 2017 Moss Workshop
22 Mar 2017 Botany for Beginners - with Vanessa Beauchamp - Six Sessions – $144.00 (USD)
27 Feb 2017 Maryland Mammals - with Kerry Wixted - Five Sessions
25 Feb 2017 Moss Workshop
28 Jan 2017 Moss Workshop
31 Dec 2016 Moss Workshop
26 Nov 2016 Moss Workshop
06 Nov 2016 Fossil Trip: Stratford Cliffs, with John Nance
29 Oct 2016 Moss Workshop
16 Oct 2016 Fossil Trip: Scientists Cliffs, with John Nance
13 Oct 2016 October 13 Mushroom Walk
04 Oct 2016 Maryland's Geology - with Martin Schmidt - Six Sessions
24 Sep 2016 Moss Workshop
21 Sep 2016 WILD PLANT WORKSHOP SERIES: demonstrations for using wild plants for a variety of techniques and applications
20 Sep 2016 volunteer night
27 Aug 2016 Moss Workshop
20 Aug 2016 Wild Edible Field Trip with Nick Spero
17 Aug 2016 Wild Edible Field Trip with Nick Spero
30 Jul 2016 Moss Workshop
17 Jul 2016 Wild Edible Field Trip with Nick Spero
13 Jul 2016 Wild Edible Field Trip with Nick Spero
22 Jun 2016 Wild Edible Field Trip with Nick Spero
18 Jun 2016 Wild Edible Field Trip with Nick Spero
28 May 2016 Moss Workshop
21 May 2016 Spring Bird Walk - Cromwell Valley Park
30 Apr 2016 Moss Workshop
26 Mar 2016 Moss Workshop
20 Mar 2016 A Celebration of Song with Wil Hershberger
27 Feb 2016 Moss Workshop
20 Feb 2016 William Hamilton Gibson: Naturalist, Artist, Author
17 Feb 2016 May the Quartz Be With You
30 Jan 2016 Moss Workshop
16 Jan 2016 History of Life Through Fossils
26 Dec 2015 Moss Workshop
28 Nov 2015 Moss Workshop
24 Oct 2015 Moss Workshop
17 Oct 2015 Basic Botanical Drawing with Mary Ellen Carsley
14 Oct 2015 History of Life Through Fossils
10 Oct 2015 Listening for Bats with Shannon Pederson
28 Sep 2015 What's this plant?
26 Sep 2015 Maryland Fish - In the River with Stan Kemp
26 Sep 2015 Moss Workshop
14 Sep 2015 What's this plant?
29 Aug 2015 Moss Workshop
24 Aug 2015 What's this plant?
10 Aug 2015 What's this plant?
06 Aug 2015 Songs of Insects with Wil Hershberger
27 Jul 2015 What's this plant?
25 Jul 2015 Moss Workshop
The Natural History Society of Maryland is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation and contributions are tax-deductible.

The mission of the Natural History Society of Maryland is to foster stewardship of Maryland’s natural heritage by conserving its natural history collections, educating its citizenry, and inspiring its youth to pursue careers in the natural sciences.

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